Potential financial returns from alternative silvicultural prescriptions in second-growth stands of coastal British Columbia Public Deposited

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  • This paper reports the findings from a study made of the potential financial returns from nine alternative silvicultural prescriptions applied to four case-study stands of second growth in coastal British Columbia. The objectives were to compare prescriptions based on partial cutting with conventional clear-cutting and to explore the effects of harvesting costs and harvesting systems on potential returns. Inventory data were obtained for four case-study second-growth stands representing a wide range of both stocking and species composition. Prescriptions based on shelterwood, uneven-age management, and intermediate commercial thinnings followed by clear-cutting were specified. The PROGNOSIS growth and yield simulation program was used to model stand responses. Logging costs and timber gross and net values were estimated using a timber harvesting simulation model. Discounted cash flow analysis was used to compare the prescriptions. The findings showed that prescriptions based on partial cutting were more profitable than conventional clear-cutting in only a few cases, but competitive in most. Integrated design of individual treatments and whole prescriptions involving both silvicultural objectives and the economics of timber harvesting was recommended.
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  • Andrew F. Howard and H. Temesgen. 1997. Potential financial returns from alternative silvicultural prescriptions in second-growth stands of coastal British Columbia. Can. J. For. Res. 27: 1483–1495.
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